Dead Sea Scrolls professor dies

By Anna Sheinman, May 10, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls professor Geza Vermes has died aged 88 of cancer.

Prof Vermes was the Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewishness of Jesus.


Stephen Hawking’s boycott call sparks galactic row

By Zoe Winograd, May 9, 2013

Stephen Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott of Israel has prompted anger from the organisers of a conference he was due to address.


Apprentices are the way forward, Lord Sugar tells UJS

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2013

Training schemes and internships could be better co-ordinated to benefit both businesses and potential employees, Lord Sugar has told Jewish students.

He said interns were a distraction for workers and that independent training programmes funded by the government should be scrapped in favour of directly paying companies to train apprentices.


Cambridge University: Stephen Hawking to boycott Israel conference

By Zoe Winograd, May 8, 2013

The University of Cambridge has confirmed that Stephen Hawking is not attending a conference in Jerusalem as part of an academic boycott.

The acclaimed physicist who works at the university was due to be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual "Facing Tomorrow" conference hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres next month.


Stephen Hawking's withdrawal from Israel visit is due to 'health reasons'

By Zoe Winograd, May 8, 2013

Stephen Hawking has announced that his decision to not attend the Israeli President’s Conference is due to “health reasons” and “not an academic boycott” as previously claimed by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine.


Stephen Hawking to boycott Israel conference

By Zoe Winograd, May 8, 2013

Professor Stephen Hawking has pulled out of a conference to be held in Jerusalem as part of an academic boycott of Israel.

Reportedly, the well-known physicist told Israeli President Shimon Peres that he will not be attending the ‘Facing Tomorrow’ conference in June “based on his knowledge of Palestine.”


Jewish Policy Research conducts its biggest survey

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2013

The largest survey of British Jews in two decades was launched this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Members of the community will be invited at random to take part in the online questionnaire over the next two months, which will be conducted in association with pollsters Ipso-Mori.


Trapped schoolgirl is freed by fire crews

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2013

Two fire crews took an hour to free a 10-year-old girl who became trapped between a wall and a metal storage container at an independent Manchester primary school.

The Beis Rochel pupil was wedged tightly when the emergency services arrived.


Denied a Jewish education. Why?

By Victoria Prever, April 28, 2013

Last week, my four-year-old son lost his place at Clore Shalom school. And so, at the end of this term, he will be forced to leave an institution with a religious ethos that mirrors our own Jewish beliefs.


Israel plans massive funding cut to yeshivahs

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

Israel plans to cut yeshivah funding by 30 per cent under the new Economic Arrangements Law.

The draft of the law, which was released this week, explained that by cutting funds to higher institutions, including yeshivahs, the country would save $93 million a year. The government plans to save money by changing the age limit that yeshivah students are able to receive benefits from the state.